Friday, January 13, 2012

Asylum Patient Saw Platt Kill Tyree 1885



According to other newspaper articles, there was a close eyewitness to this 1885 murder. Yesterday I found it: another newspaper article about the murder of Jesse Tyree, my paternal 3rd great grandmother's brother, and it named the witness and told his story. Anyone who is, or knows an epileptic, knows they are not deranged in any way. Like the victim, this witness was an epileptic and considered a "lunatic", therefore his testimony could not be used in court. I have now accumulated over 30 newspaper articles concerning the murder of this man, Jesse Tyree, who was once a teacher and somehow ended up in the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the Insane in Lexington, Kentucky.

Morning Herald: March 23, 1897

Morning Herald
March 23, 1897
                  AN ASYLUM PATIENT

WHO CLAIMS HE SAW PLATT KILL TYREE, DANGERIOUSLY ILL.

     Jason Reed, a patient at the asylum, who claims that he was present when Arthur Platt killed Jesse Tyree, is very ill and may die. He was sent to the asylum twenty-five years ago suffering from epilepsy.
     In his testimony before the Coroner's jury, Reed said that he knew Tyree and slept in the same room with him. He said he saw the shooting; that he was standing only a few feet from the victim when the shot was fired; that he saw Platt and Tyree coming from the dining room into the day room, Platt pushing Tyree and finally shoving him into a seat, that he heard Tyree beg for mercy, hear Platt say: "I'll kill you now," pull the pistol and fire; saw Tyree fall to the floor to his face, hear Mike McGlade tell Platt he was going to report the killing; saw Platt pack up his valise and leave hurriedly. His mental affliction will debar him from appearing in the witness stand against Platt.

You can read my original post on this intriguing story by clicking on this link: Jesse Tyree: Murder of a "Lunatic"

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8 comments:

  1. No wonder the dogs had monkey guts all over your front room, but, congrats on this great find.

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    1. See? I told you I was engrossed in the old newspapers! They took advantage of my fixation and quietly gutted that stuffed monkey!

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  2. You have such tremendous luck with newspaper articles. I love them. I don't know if you've seen this post, but it amazed me how many people were declared "insane" because of masturbation. Check this out: http://jonesfamilymatters.blogspot.com/2011/02/graham-crackers-and-corn-flakes.html
    Kathy

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  3. Kathy, that was an awesome article! Ya know...my mother in law gave me a parakeet that was, err... "insane" (seriously...the insane of which you wrote.) It was awful. We gave him away to some other poor, unsuspecting schmuck.... :-/

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  4. This is absolutely fascinating. I love old newspapers and the incredible things one can find in them - am going to catch up with the Tyree case in your earlier post.

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    1. Those old newspapers put "meat on the bones", LOL!

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  5. Something to show those who long for the "good ole days". I, for one, have no wish to go back. Fabulous digging, Lisa!

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  6. Sometimes I wish I could go back, but, then again, maybe not so much! I think a simpler lifestyle might be a good thing though.

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